Bart O'Brien

Being the bee guy

One book, one community, 450 million bees. If you’re interested in reading more, don’t stop when this article ends. Get your hands on a copy of “The Beekeeper&rsq ...

Through literacy events, a book binds a community

Tales of snowbound hardships, starvation and tragedy are deeply rooted in the lore of the mountains around Donner Lake. Most of us remember accounts of the struggles faced by pione ...

Auburn murder mystery, dam politics revisited in community effort

  A murder mystery, tale of political intrigue and a nature book, “Nature Noir” is getting a closer look in the community it is set in. “Nature Noir,&rdquo ...

Auburn’s fight on cancer

A unique and permanent fund started by several Auburnites raises $70,000 a year for research scientists working on cures for cancer. Some local friends met for coffee in 2001 and ...

Do local school execs earn too much?

Who in California has an annual salary comparable to President Obama? If you guessed Gov. Arnold Schwarzenegger, you’d be wrong. Linda Katehi, incoming chancellor at UC Davis ...

Students more prepared for real world today

On Saturday, a thousand students graduated from schools in the Placer Union High School District. Some people may wonder how ready these students are to enter the adult world. Re ...

How the state budget shortfall will impact our schools

One of the joys of working in schools is the predictable nature of the year’s rituals. In the fall, we greet new students and staff, attend volleyball and football games and wa ...

Prepare students for the real world

As a retired teacher who once worked under the leadership of Superintendent Bart O’Brien, I would like to congratulate him on a career of sincere dedication to his ideals. I shou ...

Short school year puts US at disadvantage

Touting the notebook while realizing once I Want Revenge was scratched, we wound up with the best Kentucky Derby in decades. Now if we can only scratch I Want Revenge from our poli ...

Bart O'Brien named educator of year

Bart O’Brien can tell you a thing or two about dream jobs — he’s been doing his for more than 30 years. O’Brien, 58, who retires from his position as Placer Union High Scho ...

Placer High braces for cutbacks

Editor’s note: This story is republished from the Placer High School newspaper, The Hillmen Messenger. When the California budget came up with a $40 billion dollar shortfall in ...

Ken Nittler named newest Auburn Union Elementary School District trustee

The Auburn Union Elementary School District board of trustees has chosen Ken Nittler as its newest member. Nittler fills a seat vacated late last year by Chuck Heisleman, who lef ...

Superintendent Bart O'Brien plans to retire

Bart O’Brien figures 32 years is enough. The Placer Union High School District superintendent told trustees Tuesday of his plan to retire, effective June 30, 2009. “For 32 ...

Our View: Voters have spoken: County education office must get busy

Pam Robie Hart’s election to the Placer County Office of Education board comes with a message from voters. Taxpayers rightfully want the county office to research whether consol ...